Licensed Professional Counselor
My name is Alex Villarreal. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor currently based in Austin, TX. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edward’s University in 2018. I have worked in the mental health field for six years and started Real Path Psychotherapy in June of 2020.
My clinical work focuses on guiding clients through healing from sexual and religious trauma, complex childhood histories and complicated grief/loss. Other areas of focus often include stress-management, navigating relationships, improving self-esteem, sexuality or gender issues, complex family dynamics and mood disorders.
I have worked with community mental health in the non-profit sector, focusing on crisis services, criminal justice/mental health initiatives and leadership of clinical programs. Some of my work has included supervision and career development of mental health providers, provision of mental health training to law enforcement, and community-based crisis intervention.
I am experiential and collaborative in my approach and adapt therapy to individual goals and needs. I often help clients learn about and connect with their nervous systems, as trauma is often held in the body. Some clients benefit from incorporating modalities such as Sandtray, EMDR, Internal Family Systems/Parts Work and ETT in our work together.
Healing looks different for everyone. I may be a good fit for someone who is okay with gentle challenging, as I believe this important part of the clinical work helps clients reach their goals and live more fulfilling lives. I invite you to connect with me for a free consultation to see if we are a good fit.